The White Poplar Tree
Height: 10 in
Width: 8 in
Sepia-tone sketch of white poplar tree leaves.
Populus Alba (White Poplar) is a species of poplar most closely related to the aspens. It is native of Spain and Morocco through central Europe (north to Germany and Poland) to central Asia. According to ancient mythology, the White Poplar was consecrated to Hercules because he destroyed Cacus in a cavern adjoining the Aventine Hill, which was covered with these trees. In the moment of his triumph, he bound his brows with a branch of White Poplar as a token of his victory. Persons offering sacrifices to Hercules were always crowned with branches of this tree, and all who had conquered their enemies in battle wore garlands in imitation of Hercules.